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ASLU: Archives: The Chats That Started It All...   
William G. Vicars, Ph.D. 

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Way back in 1996, Vince O'Neil and I got to chatting (live and in person!) about the idea of setting up an online ASL Class. I was crazy enough to give a go at teaching the thing.  He was willing to help out with the web pages. 

I hired his son, David, to draw a hundred signs and we posted them to the net.
Mark Hulme at America Online's "Online Campus" gave it a green light and off we went on a jolly ride down an untraveled road.  There were people who said it couldn't be done.  There were critics who said it wasn't "good enough." 

To which we replied...
...pretty much nothing.  We were too busy doing it and making it better.

We've come a long way since then, and we have a long way to go before it's "good enough," but those original chats set the stage for a whole new approach to helping people learn this beautiful language.
~Dr. Bill

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